In the near future, an old Logan, together with Caliban and Professor X who’s in a bad shape, is in a hide out in Mexico, hiding themselves from a world where mutants are slowly getting extinct, only then a new threat arrives seeking the young mutants they’ve created.
Logan, the last of the Wolverine Trilogy, is actually Fox’s / Marvel’s answer to DC’s The Dark Knight Returns written by Frank Miller.
Logan‘s grit, brutality, realistic cinematography, excellent writing and the actors’ compelling performances which separates itself from being a comic book movie and will definitely end up being a cult classic gem.
Sadly enough, despite numerous rumors surrounding Jackman’s contract extension, this will be his last appearance as Wolverine, but the good news is, we are in for a ride in the most enthralling X-Men movie to date.
I like Director James Mangold’s vision of the film, and its not very often that the third movie of any franchises will come up on top, despite the Wolverine Trilogy‘s start was a bit shaky and full of viewer and critical backlash, Logan finally emerged from its ashes and broke the third installment curse.
Both Jackman and Stewart already established the acting efficiency, but its a great wonder to see Dafne Keen’s X-23 and she’s a total badass kid.
(SPOILER) Another thing Logan got right, that MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) can’t do, is that they can kill their heroes. (Let’s forget about the Quicksilver death in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) because that’s just plain stupid) A death of a superhero isn’t a bad thing, the message is, No One Is Safe, to show us what will happen if mutants really exists. They don’t need a big violet murderer in the galaxy to push them, instead this film made us realize that our biggest villain is ourselves.
Set in the year 2029, where hundreds or maybe thousands of mutants are vanishing or killed due to a virus spread by the Transigen Project, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) is living in a secluded area together with Caliban (Stephen Merchant) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) away from humanity and to avoid the danger if humans will know they’re still existing. Logan then encountered Laura (Dafne Keen) whom he found out that she escaped from a lab designed to create newer version of mutants to serve as a military weapon. By then, Logan gets himself involved in a cat-and-mouse chase with Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) along with the cybernetically-enhanced soldiers, the Reavers, while helping Laura X-23 and the other enhanced kids. A lot of blood got wasted along the way, sacrifices, deceit, death of innocents and even to the last of the X-Men, in order to get the test subjects to the Canadian border for their safety.
I personally don’t see Logan as a comic book movie but rather an interpretation of what’s happening in the real world. The government’s or the big companies selfish agenda for power and control for their personal gain and the few who risked their lives to save millions.
Director: James Mangold (The Wolverine: 2013 ; Girl, Interrupted: 1999)
Main Cast: Hugh Jackman ; Patrick Stewart ; Dafne Keen ; Boyd Holbrook ; Stephen Merchant ; Elizabeth Rodriguez
Genre: Action ; Science Fiction ; Drama ; Comics
Release Year: 2017
Trivia(s): (May contain spoilers)
- There is no end credit scene.
- The film didn’t use the updated MCU’s Marvel logo introduction.
- Although its the final movie of the trilogy, Logan sets itself separately from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Wolverine (2013) since Logan is established by a different timeline based on X-Men Days Of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse (2016).
- The first X-Men movie to indicate that Logan’s healing factor prevents the adamantium from poisoning him.
- The second CBM where Lennie Loftin has appeared, first was in Daredevil (2003) as Detective Nick Manolis.
- The song Hurt by Johnny Cash, heard in the trailer, talks about depression, pain and emotional isolation, which what we can see in Logan.
- One of the graves can be seen wuth the name Peters engraved on it, possibly a reference to Evan Peters, who plays Quicksilver in the X-Men Universe.
- X-23 debuted in the X-Men Evolution cartoon and currently appearing as Wolverine in Marvel Comics.
- The success of Deadpool (2016) inspired the film to be R-Rated as well.
- Stephen Merchant replaced Tòmas Lemarquis as Caliban.
- Marks the 10th Feature Film in the X-Men series.
- Director Mangold decided to have a humanly feeling in Logan so they decided to use little CGI and green screens.
- The comic books seen in the movie, created by Dan Panosian, were made specifically for the film.
- The Samurai Sword used in The Wolverine (2013) can be seen in the film.
- Director Mangold said a black and white version of the film will be released within 2018.
- This is the last time that Patrick Stewart will be appearing as Professor X.
- In UK, the first wide release is scheduled at 10:23pm, a reference to X-23.
- Jackman’s skin cancer is one of the reasons why he decided not to play the character anymore, others is his age and the fact that he don’t wanna fed up the viewers with him always appearing as Logan.
- Dafne Keen is the daughter of British actor Will Keen and Spanish actress Maria Fernandez Ache.
- Finding a 12 year old girl with martial arts, tumbling and acrobatic skills is not easy, there was over 500 kids screened for the role of X-23, Pricsilla John, their casting director is coming up short, then her associate Francesca Bradley, introduced her to Dafne Keen.
- Caliban’s ability to smell mutants enable him to see that Logan is being poisoned by the adamantium in his body.
- Adamantium is the only metal that can go through adamantium, that might be the reason why an adamantium bullet can kill an old man Logan since his healing capability is already weak.
- Donald Pierce appeared as a member of Alkali Transigen but in the comics he s a member of HellFire Club, the villains in X-Men: First Class (2011)
- It is Essex Corp’s men (as seen in X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse (2016)) who delivered Logan’s blood to Transigen for experimentation purposes.
- Statue Of Liberty was mentioned by Professor X, a nod to the X-Men (2000).
- The Reavers in the comics appeared some with tank limbs, terminator-like body with mounted guns on them.
- The Westchester was mentioned, something tragic happened there in the past and why there’s no more mutants. In the comics, Wolverine hallucinated (or rather mind-controlled by Mysterio) and slaughtered all of the X-Men.
- The powers given to these children came from the previous mutants that lived.
- When Logans facial hairs were cut by the kids, his look appeared to be exactly as how the old man Logan looked in the comics.
- There is a rumored Deadpool 2 preview with Stan Lee on it, however it is not being shown at the theaters, leaving the speculation that it is not true.
- The cage fighter reference is in X-Men (2000).
- Logan’s poster where Hugh is holding a kid’s hand is a nod to Schindler’s List, same poster style and same idea of man’s mission to save people.
- The cross on top of Logan’s corpse were changed by Laura to an image of X, a homage that he is the last X-Men.